Game 076 – Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 2

Game 076
Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 2
Thursday, March 10, 1927
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

The Canadiens are now definitely in the Canadian division playoffs of the National Hockey League as the result of defeating Toronto here tonight by 4 to 2.

Rallying brilliantly in the second period, the Canadiens made use of all their whirlwind speed to overcome a two goal lead the visitors had acquired in the opening frame.

A goal from a scramble by McCaffrey and a bullet by Keeling gave the invaders a two point advantage in the first twenty, but the Canadiens came back fighting, and after Herb Gardiner had shown the way, Howie Morenz bagged three more counters to boost his scoring average and give the Canadiens the game.

Speed was the keynote from the start. After speedy opening exchanges, in which both goalers stood the test, Mantha, the hero of the Maroon game, drew a hand with a rush that John Ross Roach halted. Herb Gardiner was back again, and worried Roach with his fast work on the rebound. Gagné blazed down right wing, and his bullet drive rattled against the goalpost.

Loose defensive play cost the Canadiens the first goal. However, McCaffrey bored in for a rebound, and after Hainsworth got the disc away from him. It rolled off a local player’s skate into the net.

Gardiner, Lépine and Morenz drilled retaliating thrusts at Roach, but the Toronto goaler, enjoying one of his good nights, absorbed them all. Keeling found Bailey’s rebound just out of his reach as he flashed in for the puck.

Morenz and Lépine combined to beat the Toronto guard, but Roach came out to save spectacularly.

The Canadiens were away with a rush at the start of the second frame. One minute after the faceoff, Herb Gardiner rushed and pumped his shot from left wing. It bounced back to him from a Toronto player and he drove again, this time to score. Patterson and Keeling darted back, but when they piled off from the resulting scramble, Hainsworth was sitting on the puck.

Gardiner and Leduc were barring the way to the Toronto attacks, while Morenz and Joliat were only prevented from scoring by the phenomenal work of Roach. Finally, Morenz swooped in on Roach to slip the disc into the net and tie the score.

A short while after, Morenz gave the Canadiens the lead. Gagné started the play, passing to Morenz at the defence, who easily beat Roach. The Canadiens were hitting a dizzy flight, and Roach was showered with shots from Gardiner and Lépine.

A Corbeau-Keeling-McCaffrey effort ended at the Canadiens’ defence. Mantha rushed, and was carried just past the Toronto net. He passed out to Morenz, who flipped the rubber into the uncovered corner for the Canadiens’ fourth. Penalties followed in quick succession as rough tactics crept into the play.

It was slower hockey at the beginning of the third session, but the Canadiens were still holding away. Tight defensive work by a massed Toronto guard prevented the locals from doing anything but keep the disc behind the opposition’s blue line for a few minutes.

Then Herb Gardiner squeezed through, followed in turn by Gagné and Morenz, but all to no avail. Bailey and Corbeau alternated in the penalty box to lessen the Leafs’ chances of pulling closer. Bailey and Patterson began to perform with greater success for the Leafs, each drilling dangerous shots at Hainsworth, but it brought them no result.

Gardiner led his Canadiens back into action, and he, Hart and Gagné worried Roach some more. Hainsworth blocked Bailey’s effort on Carson’s passout. Morenz and Joliat broke clear, and Joliat missed an open net just before the final gong clanged.

Story originally published in The Globe, March 11, 1927

1st Period
TOR GOAL – 10:55 – McCaffrey
TOR GOAL – 17:05 – Keeling (Corbeau)
MTL PENS – Lépine, Mantha
TOR PEN – Patterson

2nd Period
MTL GOAL – 01:10 – Gardiner
MTL GOAL – 07:15 – Morenz
MTL GOAL – 11:20 – Morenz (Gagné)
MTL GOAL – 14:10 – Morenz (Mantha)
MTL PENS – Mantha (2), Gagné
TOR PENS – Bailey (2), Corbeau

3rd Period
MTL PENS – Hart, Larochelle
TOR PENS – Bailey, Corbeau, Keeling

MTL – Hainsworth (W, 26-28)
TOR – Roach (L, 31-35)

MTL – 11+17+7 = 35
TOR – 10+12+6 = 28

MTLGoaltenders: George Hainsworth. Defence: Herb Gardiner, Albert Leduc, Sylvio Mantha (C). Forwards: Art Gagné, Art Gauthier, Gizzy Hart, Aurèle Joliat, Wildor Larochelle, Pit Lépine, Howie Morenz, Pete Palangio.
TORGoaltenders: John Ross Roach. Defence: Bill Brydge, Bert Corbeau (C), Hap Day, Harold Halderson. Forwards: Ace Bailey, Bill Carson, Lloyd Gross, Butch Keeling, Bert McCaffrey, George Patterson, Carl Voss.

MTL – 24-13-2 (.641)
TOR – 12-22-5 (.372)